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Nickerson State Park, Brewster

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Nickerson State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area of more than located on Cape Cod in Brewster, Massachusetts. The state park's sandy soil and scrub pines surround many kettle ponds which are dependent on groundwater and precipitation. The largest of these are Cliff Pond (the largest at across), Flax Pond, Little Cliff Pond, and Higgins Pond. Ruth Pond, Keeler's Pond, Eel Pond and Triangle Pond provide additional water habitats.HistoryThe land comprising the state park was once part of the estate of Samuel Mayo Nickerson (1830-1914), an area native and Chicago liquor distiller who made a fortune as one of the founding officers of the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1890, Nickerson built Fieldstone Hall on land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, a mile west of the present-day park, to be the home of his son Roland C. Nickerson, Roland's wife Addie, and their three children, Roland Jr., Samuel, and Helen. Fieldstone Hall was lost to fire in 1906, and a larger mansion was built on the same site. That building subsequently became a seminary and is now a major feature of the upscale resort known as Ocean Edge.Shortly after Fieldstone Hall burned down, Roland Nickerson died at age 51, his death at the time being ascribed to his heartache at the loss of his home and personal possessions. His son, Roland Jr., a naval lieutenant, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. In 1934, Addie Nickerson donated that portion of the estate on the south side of Route 6a for use as a "state forest park." It became the Commonwealth's first state park and was named in honor of her late husband and late son.
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  • My experience with Nickerson is in seasons other than the crowded summer. Every fall for the past 10 years, my family takes a hike around one of the lakes and then drinks hot chocolate. The campground...  more »
  • Year-round hiking in this beautiful place , Kettle ponds and woods. Lots of Nature and Wildlife. One of the few places on Cape Cod where you can actually get lost which is a plus.  more »
  • I went running through the entire park and it was beautiful. Very high quality trails, lots of beaches on fresh water lakes. Amazing water clarity. I for one do not like to swim where i cant see what ...  more »
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  • I've camped here every summer since before I could walk. Now we bring our kids. It's a fantastic place with so much to do. Gorgeous area, the lakes especially! You can walk or bike to the ocean from the park pretty easily, which we do frequently. The biking is so convenient and fun.
  • Amazing park.. Really awesome place to relax and just breath in nature.
  • Great Cape Cod state park in the center of Brewster. Camping, hiking, paved bike trails, swimming, and even a camp store complete with firewood and popsicles. Pay to enter for day. Great senior lifetime access. Camp sites are totally packed in high season. Camping reservations a must but well worth it. A gem.
  • Great park! Very large! Great for kids and adults. Must reserve ahead!
  • I haven't camped here since I was a kid, but I remember it being really fun. I have been here recently for the bike path and the trails. I think they are pretty basic (unless I haven't found the good stuff yet). Easy to walk. Pleasant. I find it a little awkward if I have to walk too close to people camping, so I usually go in the off season.